Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Homage to the Little Waster; One of the North East's Most Popular Comedians Is Remembered on a Tyneside Stage This Week. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Homage to the Little Waster; One of the North East's Most Popular Comedians Is Remembered on a Tyneside Stage This Week. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details

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Byline: GORDONBARR

TO commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of legendary North East comic Bobby Thomson, RSC actor Pete Peverley is bringing his cult stage show, The Bobby Thompson Story, to Newcastle Theatre Royal this week for two nights only.

Spend some time in the company of The Little Waster this Wednesday and Thursday.

Comedian Bobby Thompson was active in the workingmen's clubs of the North East until the 80s.

Working down the pits from a young age, he supplemented his income playing the harmonica and competing in domino tournaments before perfecting his comedy routine.

He quickly become a big favourite and an instant sell-out on the club circuit, and in no time one of the most popular northern comedians of his day.

Bobby's trademarks were his broad Pitmatic (County Durham pit village) accent, his self-deprecating humour, and his great mastery of the 'mother-in-law' joke.

He almost always appeared on stage in his worn-out stripy jumper "wooley gansey" with a flat cap and a Woodbine cigarette.

Pete's self-devised one-man show is a celebration of the life and work of Bobby, a touching and heartfelt tribute to his immense In it, Pete also explores the two sides of Bobby Thompson - the brilliantly cheeky, public-facing Bobby everyone knew and loved as well as the private Bobby, a withdrawn man troubled by drink, gambling debts and the tax man.

Washington born actor Pete trained at Newcastle College and began his career at Live Theatre and Northumberland Theatre Company.

talent, and also the culture to which North Easterners owe their very unique identity and sense of humour.

He was a member of the Northern Stage Ensemble for 12 years where he appeared in many productions including Animal Farm and A Clockwork Orange.

He spent three years with the RSC and played Friar Laurence in Rupert Goold's production of Romeo & Juliet when it came to Newcastle in 2010.

Pete has appeared in all but three of the much loved Sunday for Sammy concerts at City Hall. …

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